I was with a group of talented and beautiful ladies on Thursday last week hacking how to achieve 2015 goals. I wasn’t in the least surprised at the theme for that meeting. After all, I already knew that GOALS was the hot topic for January! Thankfully, there are just a few days left in January and many people would somehow have the mental release to be done with goals, and move deftly into game time! (although some people carry this new year planning to the end of Q1, or later sef). I’ve seen all sorts on social media these days: ‘2014 was preparation, 2015 is game time’….Lol. I can’t help but laugh! Some of those pictures and clips are really funny. My sister, oya game time has arrived, there’s no need to announce it, just get on with it!
The question then is how do we get done with setting and dreaming, and really get on with achieving our goals.
Enter Project Management!
There are a million and one definitions of projects, but I like this one: A project is a series of activities that is designed to bring about a beneficial change (solve a problem, take advantage of opportunities, or fulfill a requirement) within a specified time frame using limited resources.
To achieve anything in life, we should be constantly looking for and executing projects. The scale doesn’t matter. Small projects, medium projects, big projects. In fact, whenever you find yourself in a situation where you have to change something, or aim for something, you should be asking: Where is the project?
Even your life as a whole can be (and should be) managed as a project, because: It consists of a series of activities that is designed (by God through your unique gifts, talents, and opportunities) to bring about beneficial change (in the world) within a specified time frame (your life time) using limited resources. Your life is indeed a project!
We have already touched on the key elements that qualify an endeavor to be called a project:
- A series of activities (purposeful activities if I may add, so it’s not faffing around)
- Designed (well thought out and planned: not taking it as it comes)
- Beneficial change (there’s a ‘good’ end in mind: at least ideally)
- Specified time frame (this is important, if there is no end in sight it’s probably not a project. Maybe it’s just operations. We will touch on this in another post)
- Limited resources (no one has completely unlimited resources, and attempting to use unlimited resources on a project is actually waste)
So, there you have it. The way to move from setting to achieving is to ask ‘where is the project?’. In other words, with careful thought you should begin to convert those goals into projects and manage them as such. Doing this, forces you to think deeply about how your goals can be achieved and what you really need to make it happen. With clarity comes confidence to proceed. In subsequent posts we will address simple project management principles that can be of help in achieving your goals.
I hope this helps! I’d love to hear (well, read) your thoughts in the comments below.
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